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Bachmann Gives Taste Of Iowa Past In 1st TV Ad

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann is playing up her Iowa past in the debut television ad of her presidential campaign.

The Minnesota congresswoman began airing the 30-second spot Thursday on Iowa television stations statewide.

The ad opens with a cityscape shot of Waterloo, Iowa, her birthplace. It is heavy on photos and biographical details meant to introduce her to a broader audience. Bachmann also stresses an unequivocal stance against raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

The ad begins its rotation about six weeks before the important Republican straw poll in Ames, which serves as a 2012 test of strength.

Another GOP candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has also been airing TV ads in Iowa.

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